(2009 – SVT and The Swedish Film Institute, 80’ and 52’)
Black Nation takes an uncompromising look at the state of Black men in America today. Despite the fact that a Black man has reached the most powerful office in the world, young Black men remain increasingly caught in the double jeopardy of crime and unemployment. Set within the framework of a Father’s Day service at the controversial Detroit Shrine of the Black Madonna, Matts Hjelm’s daring film tracks the desperation and exhaustion of the Church’s congregation, while highlighting their hope and struggle for a better future. World Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival and screened at an additional 12 festivals around the world. Backed by Swedish broadcaster SVT and The Swedish Film Institute, and broadcast on CBC/Doc, NHK and SBS, among others.
(2020 – TVO, 60’) feature documentary in post-production that follows Ottawa-based company Advanced Symbolics, Inc. which uses an artificial intelligence algorithm they call “Polly” to scrape social media platforms and predict election outcomes more accurately than traditional pollsters.
(2006- Sundance Channel, 80’ and 52’) feature documentary for Sundance Channel, tackles the subject of the assault of big box corporate America on independent business, through the eyes of Emmy Award winning former NBC foreign correspondent Hanson Hosein and his journalist wife Heather Hughes.